ScottCounsling answers a reader’s question from Ask a Counselor.
A ScottCounseling member asks:
“Whats everyone doing for safety precautions for Halloween? Last year my youngest son came down with a massive fever after Halloween. I almost thought about just taking the kids to our church’s fall festival this year instead of door-to-door to prevent that from happening again. I don’t know yet. What’s your advice? Am I over-reacting or just being a concerned mom?”
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I am not a doctor, but I do know that the flu bug has an incubation period that most likely would not have been picked up going door to door. In fact, statistically your child has as good, if not a better chance of picking up the flu bug from school or church where many people are in one area at the same time.
You are very wise to think about safety for Halloween, so here’s ScottCounseling’s advice:
- Help your child to select a safe Halloween costume; one that is fireproof, large eye opening for seeing and free of potential poking, hitting or sharp to the touch- in other words, no swords! If you use make-up, make sure the bottles say “hypoallergenic (non-toxic).”
- Be with your child, or at least be in the area. If you child is young enough to go trick or treating, there need to be an adult present. Many parents team up and go as a group. That way the parents can talk together while the kids have fun together too.
- Teach the kids that it’s safer to walk. Say: “You do not have to run. There is no hurry, we will go to ?? number of houses.” Cross busy streets as a group. Say: “Let’s cross as a group so that cars can see something bigger crossing the street together.”
- Consider adding reflective tape to costumes. Bring a flash light!
- Pumpkin Carving: Safer to purchase a kid-proof pumpkin carving kit than to allow a young child to use a knife. Check your local stores- they will have them.
- Make your property safe. Remove sticks, wires and other objects that kids can fall over. Remember, you are telling your kids not to run. Plan for all the other kids to run, not pay attention and be alone or without a parent- Yes, it happen a lot!
- Finally…know your neighborhood. Go to homes that you trust and are familiar with. many parents do go to the malls, churches and other community agencies. These are often a safe bet and fun.
Have a great night and be safe!